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Merry Metal Head Christmas !!!
December 8, Saturday, 9:00am-4:00pm
Metal Head Christmas Party &
Annual Winter Steelhead Clinic
A new winter steelhead season is here for celebration!
Please Share A Day With These These Folks:


Mark Bachmann


Patty Barnes

Marcy Stone works at The Fly Fishing Shop
Marcy Stone


Travis Johnson

Eric Neufeld is a factory representative for Sage, Solitude
Eric Neufeld


Josh Linn

George Cook  is a factory representative for Sage, Simms, Rio, Tibor, Action Optics, Solitude
George Cook

Bruce Berry
Bruce Berry


Hawkeye Hawkins


Jon Covich


Garry Sandstrom


Brian Silvey

April Vokey - Special Guest

Come meet the Company Reps:
George Cook: Sage, Rio, Tibor, Solitude
Eric Neufeld: Simms, Echo, Airflo, Idylwide Flies

Garry Sandstrom: Hardy, Scientific Anglers, Royal Wulff
Bruce Berry: Beulah Rods, Hatch Reels, Montana Flies
Dick Sagara: TFO, Teeny, Rainey's Flies
Jon Covich: R. L. Winston, Outcast, Fishpond
Josh Linn: G. Loomis

Come meet the Guides & Instructors:
Mark Bachmann
Marcy Stone
Travis Johnson
Hawkeye Hawkins
Brian Silvey
Ted Neely

Slide Shows & Demonstrations
Mark Bachmann - Winter Steelhead Fly Fishing 101 - 9:00-10:00 a.m.
April Vokey - "Swinging Flies for Steelhead"  - 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Travis Johnson - Winter Steelhead Secrets To Success - 11:00-Noon
Barbeque lunch will be served: Noon-1:30.
Josh Linn - 1:30-2:30 p.m.
George Cook- Defining Modern Spey Lines - 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Fly Tying Demonstrations (all day):
Featuring: the region's most experienced steelhead guides tying
their favorite winter steelhead flies.

Hawkeye Hawkins - The Hawkeye Special - 9:00-9:15
Josh Linn - Stinger Flies - 9:15-9:30
Charles St. Pierre - Hoh Bo Spey - 9:30-9:45
Bruce Berry - Pro Tube Killer - 2:30-2:45
Brian Silvey - Tube Snake - 2:45-3:00
Marty Sheppard - Metal Detector - 3:00-3:15
Ted Neely - Tiger Leech - 3:15-3:30

Party At: The Fly Fishing Shop - Welches, OR
This will be the best party in Welches, Oregon: December 8, 2012 !!!


Tarpon In Belize: They Saved The Best For Last!
Tarpon have an allure. It might be safe to say that of the anglers who have read about tarpon fishing most have been hooked. Most of the anglers who have watched videos starring Flip Pallot, Andy Mill or Billy Pate got a shot of adrenalin when the first giant tarpon went somersaulting across the screen. It might even be safe to say there are only two kinds of fly fishers, those who have gone tarpon fishing and those who would like to try it.
Belize is a good place to fish for tarpon, especially if you need a winter "tarpon fix". Our November 2012 trip started in the town of Placencia in southern Belize. The weather pattern was against us. For most of our stay the wind blew under a heavy cloud deck. Seeing fish was really tough and the largest tarpon boated there was around 60-pounds. It was a great fish on my #10 CrossCurrent.
From Placencia we moved to Belize River Lodge, and Mark boated a tarpon that taped out at 103-pounds using a ten weight Sage Xi3 rod and Lamson Litespeed 3.5X reel. The winning fly pattern in most places was the Mark's Sardina. Many rivers in Belize are alive with small bait fish for tarpon of all sizes to feed on. The tarpon pictured above ate a Sardina fished deep with a fast sinking shooting head, presented with a broadside swing...much like winter steelhead fishing.
The Belize River, although close to town is wild and protected from development. Howler Monkeys and Iguanas are common companions along the river. Birdlife is abundent.
Tributaries teem with small tarpon, most of them about the same size as steelhead (5-18 pounds). These fisheries are a lot like shoreline fishing for large mouth bass, except the average fish is much larger and stronger. Baby tarpon are very acrobatic jumpers, most will jump several times.
In open water an eight weight rod would have been a lot of fun. But, because jungle rivers are laced with roots, tree trunks and submerged limbs, stouter gear is required. We used fast sinking lines and ten weight rods. No world records possible here, so we used straight forty pound test for leader.
Baby tarpon eat a variety of flies. Usually flies from 2"-3" long are most productive, in black & red or red & white color combinations. Mark's Sardina also proved to be a favorite with both tarpon and snook. The Mark's Sardina in 1/0, 2/0 & 3/0 all caught Belize tarpon. One-oughts were very productive and easy to cast. Casting accuracy is very important when fishing in jungle rivers.

Tarpon come in all sizes, and in every stage of growth they are spectacular game fish. Rods for small tarpon of five to twenty pounds are best fished with the same size tackle as similar size steelhead, in other words an 8 or 9 weight. Twenty to forty pound fish will require 9 to 11 weight. Fish of forty to 200 pounds are best fished with rods that you can pull hard with. Twelve weight rods are the most popular size for big tarpon. An tarpon rod needs to be very durable. It also needs to be well balanced and easy to cast with. Casting for tarpon requires that a rod will play both the long and the short casting game and be able to deliver a fly with pinpoint accuracy at all ranges. Be sure to work out with any tarpon rod for several days be for you go on your trip. This isn't like throwing emergers to sippers in a back eddy. Tarpon are brawlers in all their many sizes. Rods with thick walls are preferred. The list of rods below have all been used successfully for catching tarpon. Match the tackle to the size of the fish, and they are arguably the best of all the sport fish. Muscle tone helps.

YOUR RODS WILL NEED MUSCLE TOO:
Sage Xi3
R.L. Winston Boron III-SX
G. Loomis CrossCurrent , G. Loomis NRX, G. Loomis Pro4X
ECHO3

TFO Bluewater, TFO Axiom, TFO Clouser
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Hardy Ultralite Disc Drag Reels - Look BAD In Black

4000 6000 8000 10000
5000 7000 9000
The Ultralite DD range of fly reels infuses the legendary strength of Hardy fly reel design into an ultra large arbor, lightweight design that is both supremely practical and aesthetically stunning.
Strong yet lightweight design
Reel back up-screwed through frame for maximum security
Wide ranging advanced fiber composite drag system
6061 bar stock aluminum construction
Tool-less conversion from left to right hand wind
Ultra large arbor / narrow width spool design
Quick release captive spool system
Supplied with neoprene pouch
About six months ago I received a Hardy Utralite 8000 Disc Drag Reel, which was subsequently loaded with TUF Line XP backing and Varivas Airs shooting line. This reel was the perfect weight for a 6-weight Spey outfit. Various Scandi and Skagit heads have been used in the 350-500 grain sizes. At first I thought the reel looked a little large in diameter for a 12 1/2 rod. Not long after that the extra large arbor proved itself by preventing excessive memory in the mono shooting line, plus the rate of line retrieve was incredibly quick. To date (03/14/12) this reel has been on the water 72 days without a malfunction of any kind. It has been dunked numerous times and stays wet for days on end. The drag stays smooth and predictable. The reel has been used by clients and gets banged around a bit, but shows little wear. This is a great product. Mark

Hardy Ultralite 4000 Disc Drag Reel
Model Line Backing Weight Diameter To Top
4000 DD WF5F 60 yd. #20 4.83 oz. 3.74"
Choose winding hand.
Stock Number Description Price
HEUD010 Hardy Ultralite 4000 Disc Drag Reel $225 Sale Ended
HSUD010 Hardy Ultralite 4000 DD Spool $119 Sale Ended

Hardy Ultralite 5000 Disc Drag Reel
Model Line Backing Weight Diameter To Top
5000 DD WF6F 80 yd. #20 5.18 oz. 3.93"
Choose winding hand.
Stock Number Description Price
HEUD020 Hardy Ultralite 5000 Disc Drag Reel $225 Sale Ended
HSUD020 Hardy Ultralite 5000 DD Spool $129 Sale Ended

Hardy Ultralite 6000 Disc Drag Reel
Model Line Backing Weight Diameter To Top
6000 DD WF8F 100 yd. #20 5.29 oz. 4.11"
Choose winding hand.
Stock Number Description Price
HEUD030 Hardy Ultralite 6000 Disc Drag Reel $259 Sale Ended
HSUD030 Hardy Ultralite 6000 DD Spool $139 Sale Ended

Hardy Ultralite 7000 Disc Drag Reel
Model Line Backing Weight Diameter To Top
7000 DD WF9F 100 yd. #20 5.43 oz. 4.29"
400 gr. Skagit 125 yd. TUF Line Choose winding hand.
Stock Number Description Price
HEUD040 Hardy Ultralite 7000 Disc Drag Reel $259 Sale Ended
HSUD040 Hardy Ultralite 7000 DD Spool $149 Sale Ended

Hardy Ultralite 8000 Disc Drag Reel
Model Line Backing Weight Diameter To Top
8000 DD WF9F 150 yd. #20 8.74 oz. 4.48"
500 gr. Skagit 125 yd. TUF Line Choose winding hand.
Stock Number Description Price
HEUD050 Hardy Ultralite 8000 Disc Drag Reel $299 Sale Ended
HSUD050 Hardy Ultralite 8000 DD Spool $159 Sale Ended

Hardy Ultralite 9000 Disc Drag Reel
Model Line Backing Weight Diameter To Top
9000 DD WF9F 190 yd. #20 9.10 oz. 4.77"
600 gr. Skagit 150 yd. TUF Line Choose winding hand.
Stock Number Description Price
HEUD060 Hardy Ultralite 9000 Disc Drag Reel $299 Sale Ended
HSUD060 Hardy Ultralite 9000 DD Spool $169 Sale Ended

Hardy Ultralite 10000 Disc Drag Reel
Model Line Backing Weight Diameter To Top
10000 DD WF10F 240 yd. #20 9.66 oz. 5.05"
750 gr. Skagit 200 yd. TUF Line Choose winding hand.
Stock Number Description Price
HEUD070 Hardy Ultralite 10000 Disc Drag Reel $369 Sale Ended
HSUD070 Hardy Ultralite 10000 DD Spool $179 Sale Ended

 

Fish long & prosper,
Mark, Patty & Crew

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